By Dawn Cranfield
Friends Reunion being hyped by fans, but Network Execs Negate the Idea
Earlier this week, fans were thrilled to learn their best Friends would be returning to television. They would finally determine if Ross and Rachel were married and lived happily ever after with baby Emma. They would find out if Joey became a superstar or if he settled down and found the love of his life.
However, those who thought their Friends were going to be back in their lives every week were disappointed when network executives quashed the rumors, subsequently killing the dreams of
superfans the world over.
Marta Kaufman, co-creator of the show, went on E! News to explain why a reunion with the six friends was never ever (to steal a line from Taylor Swift) going to happen.
“Friends’ was about that time in your life when your friends are your family, and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore,” she said. (foxnews.com)
In a world of remakes, reunions, and reality television, it is refreshing to hear an executive make a sound decision.
Hollywood and the entertainment industry needs an injection of new and stimulating ideas. Instead of rehashing the same old stories and revamping the same old ideas, dusting them off and trying to make them look new again, it is time to move on to something original.
Besides, is it necessary to take what was a good show and follow the characters into the grave?
When Friends was at the top of their game, it was funny, entertaining and a break from life. The show was a 30-minute laugh-a-thon where you could sit mindlessly back and just watch and enjoy.
They jumped the shark when they included baby Emma and the audience could tell the show was winding down and nearing the end. When they went further and Monica and Chandler were attempting to have a baby with a surrogate, they jumped another shark (if there is such a term). The show was going downhill fast.
So, to bring the show back from the grave now would be senseless; let it rest in peace and live in reruns where it is still funny and fans can remember their favorite episodes and still get their daily fix, sometimes three or four times a day.
Remember the one where Chandler had to stay in the box all day? Or when Monica wore the turkey on her head? What about the one where Ross and Rachel try to convince the gang that each was responsible for seducing the other?
They will always be our best Friends as long as there are reruns.